Teams of health staff have been deployed to go door to door, assessing the vaccination needs of the 1.2 million people who live in the northern province, said Chiang Mai Public Health Office deputy director Dr Waranyoo Jamnongprasartporn yesterday.
However, of the 611,925 at-risk people in Chiang Mai, less than 10 per cent (49,995) had registered for shots so far, he said. The prioritised at-risk group includes residents over the age of 60 and those with chronic health conditions. The target of 13,000 jabs per day should ensure this group is vaccinated in two months, Dr Waranyoo said.
In a bid to accelerate the sluggish vaccination rate, health officials are making it easier to register for jabs via the Mor Prom (Doctors Ready) app or with health volunteers. More than 34,000 health volunteers are receiving vaccinations in order to speed up the registration process.
Chiang Mai province has prepared 43 vaccination stations at state and private hospitals and other locations.
So far, over 20,000 medical staff in Chiang Mai have received the Sinovac vaccine, with no severe side effects reported.
Meanwhile, the earlier outbreak of Covid-19 at Nakhon Phing Hospital has been contained after 1,000 at-risk people were vaccinated, with no new cases reported recently.
Published : May 12, 2021
By : The Nation